ana and name.”

Ulan's gaze grew intense.

In response, Deflyn wore a puzzled expression.

“Swear? I'm the Chancellor, the Chancellor of the Department of Magic! Do you think I won't keep my promise…?”

“There's a good chance you won't,” Ulan interrupted her words.

Immediately after he spoke, he fixed his gaze on her.

“Because your eyes are full of lies.”


“I've seen many people with eyes like yours.
Those who possess such eyes cannot be trusted.”

His words seemed to linger menacingly in the air.

Deflyn's eyes changed strangely.

Not her usual emotionless demeanor but a glimmer of intrigue.
After staring at Ulan for a moment, she suddenly burst into laughter.

“Ahaha! Very well, I swear on mana and my name, Deflyn Chernihiv, that I will fulfill the promise I just made.
Is that okay?”

Ulan nodded wordlessly.

It was a sign of acceptance.
Dilia, too, accepted Deflyn's offer without objection.

As he watched Ulan and Dilia join the group, Dirac wore a helpless smile.

‘Haha, I’m screwed.’

Of course, he still had the option to intervene.

However, if he did so, Dilia would also suffer.
It would be no different from provoking Deflyn's wrath.

As the image of research notes fluttering away like wings danced before his eyes, Professor Dirac lost consciousness right there and then.

* * * * *

Upon Professor Dirac's fainting, Deflyn, the Chancellor of the Department of Magic, stepped in as the new test supervisor.
Surprisingly, none of the examinees opposed this change.

Ulan and Dilia, now grouped together, remained silent, each engrossed in their own preparations.
Dilia gently wiped her staff, while Ulan wielded axes in both hands.

‘Retrieving the mana core is not difficult.’

Just like hunting demonic beasts, he could slice them from the surface and retrieve the cores.
The use of tools was permitted in this exam, after all.


He could take a different approach, as he did in his previous life, and seek Dilia's assistance.

She had an affinity for mana, easily sensing its flow and locating the cores. 

Either way, this test was a guaranteed victory for him.

As he entertained these thoughts, someone poked his back.


“……I can't see,” the silver-haired girl frowned.

It was Dilia.
She moved closer, inspecting Ulan as if observing a strange creature, and then pointed behind her.

“In the way.
Behind you, watch.”

He couldn't help but laugh at her words.

It was almost the same as what she had said when we first met, when she had casually asked, “Are you a giant by any chance?” while scanning him from top to bottom.
Just like now.

She looked him up and down with an annoyed expression.

Back then, after realizing that Ulan was a warrior of barbarian origin, she said with an expressionless face, “Don't get in the way for no reason, step aside.”

Back then, he had thought she was ignoring him. 

However, as they spent more time together, he understood that Dilia struggled to express herself fully.
She simply didn't want to witness her comrades getting hurt right before her eyes.

Am I drunk on nostalgia?

Lost in thoughts, Ulan recounted the response he had given to Dilia's greeting at that time, not leaving out a single detail.

“I refuse.”


“I don't listen to the words of a cowardly mage.”

“What nonsense…”

“No matter what you say, I will fight ahead of you.
That's what a warrior is supposed to do.”

With a wry smile, Ulan took the lead.

Dilia furrowed her eyebrows.

But she didn't utter anything unusual.
Their test preparations were nearly complete by then.

Ulan and Dilia were the first to begin.

Under the watchful gazes of the other candidates, the assistant supervisor's shout echoed through the examination room.

“The test begins!”

In that instant, the mana golem sprang to life.

Its eyes glowed a bright blue; Dilia grabbed her staff and was about to mutter a spell.

However, Ulan was the first to act.

Thump, thump, thump!

Unhesitatingly, he hurled his axe; it spun through the air and struck the golem right in the center of its forehead.

“……..Huh?” Dilia mumbled absentmindedly.

The golem was split in half.

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